Vesna Guzina is a 25-year-old from Yugoslavia, whose work with the Canadian Department of National Defence inspired her to pursue her legal studies in Geneva.This content was published on February 5, 2003 - 09:48
She says the university has successfully turned the city into a giant campus, with a wealth of resources such as the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
"I could have focused on the same issues elsewhere, but it was the fact that this programme is in Geneva that brought me here," she told swissinfo. "This is the place to be because of all the resources on offer."
Guzina adds that her experience at the centre, and in Geneva, has been "immensely valuable" in bringing her a "new European perspective".
Yasmine Hadjouj, who was born in Algeria and also lived in Canada, says the diversity of students and professors offers a unique opportunity to learn from each other.
"We study with people who come from conflict zones in Latin America and Africa, as well as people from Canada and Europe, and this creates a very special atmosphere," said the 26-year-old.
CUDIH's student body is made up of law graduates, aged between 20 and 38, who hail from 10 different countries. The team of professors is similarly international.
"We have very interesting discussions, both in and out of the classroom, about the experiences of war... amazing testimonies which create a link between academics and the real challenges facing international humanitarian law."
swissinfo, Anna Nelson
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